My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

What follows is my last "Forest Glen Weekly," written to the partners and congregation of Park Community Church (Forest Glen), in which I reminisce about my ministry and time at Park, discuss connections between the book of Judges and our current context, and exhort God's people to study God's word. Dear Forest Glen Family, This… Continue reading My Farewell Letter to My Church (And Some Further Reflections on Judges 17-21)

Some Further Reflections on Samson (Judges 16)

Samson's fall and rise is a strong warning to God's people to take sin seriously or risk the consequences. This post was originally sent out as part of my weekly email to Park Community Church (Forest Glen).  Isn’t Samson fascinating? On the one hand he is an incredibly strong, conquering hero. This is a man… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on Samson (Judges 16)

I’m Leaving Park Community Church and Starting with Cru City

I want to give you an important update on my role at Park Community Church and the Settecase family. What's the update? In Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commands his followers to make disciples. Aliza and my desire has been to fulfill our piece of the Great Commission and to help others do the… Continue reading I’m Leaving Park Community Church and Starting with Cru City

Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

Scripture shows us that God has authority over everything, including evil spirits. He will use the most unexpected of means to accomplish his good purposes, and will not let anything or anyone prevent his plans from working out. God uses unexpected methods to accomplish his purposes, doesn’t he? Now, when the staff meets on Thursday… Continue reading Of Abimelech and Evil Spirits (Some Further Reflections on Judges 9)

The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

I received this question last week from a reader named Shae about the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones. Shae's Question I have a question about #70 on your list of New Covenant Catechisms for Little Ones. What are the verses to support it? That seems like a pretty big one but there is no… Continue reading The Role of the Holy Spirit (Reader Question)

The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God's people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God's gracious forgiveness put the apostate Israelites to shame. If Israel were truly… Continue reading The Surprisingly Crafty Way Jonah Told His Story and the Purpose Behind It (Some Further Reflections on Jonah)

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I'm reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called "Effective Dawah," written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the descriptions of Christianity and its various sects is very troubling. In a section on… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Six Misconceptions About Christianity

The core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity's core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when Christianity is being misunderstood or misrepresented.  My preparation for an upcoming… Continue reading Six Misconceptions About Christianity

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

 When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348 times to follow the signs. Show them… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)

Every spring for nearly 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have commemorated a single historical fact that we believe transformed the world: the rising of a dead man back to life. This historical event, the resurrection of Jesus, is at once the most important event and perhaps the most misunderstood doctrine in Christianity. On Easter Sunday, 2018, I… Continue reading The Fact that Sets Us Free (Easter 2018 Teaching)